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Busy bunny bussing around London causes commuter commotion

Have you heard the one about the London Overground and the hare?

One fluffy bunny is going viral after hopping aboard a London bus and casually going for a ride, without an owner in sight.

Twitter user Matt Hepburn captured the Petter Cottontail (or Cottontransit, perhaps? Cottontrain?) aboard the bus with a single photo and the only caption that could possibly describe the seriousness and serendipity of the situation: “There’s a rabbit on my bus.”

Naturally, the internet wanted to know, where did he come from? And where did he go? Where did he come from, this Cottontail Joe?

Well, apparently this li’l bun gets around and was spotted on the Overground once before.

Perhaps the bus bunny was bugging out over being a tad bit tardy for a seemingly momentous occasion?

Could it have been related to at least one of these bunnies in Manchester?

It’s OK though—Hepburn was able to talk to the bunny’s owner, and as it turns out, this is like, a normal day for it.

“Apparently he does this often,” Hepburn wrote, stating the owner was sitting a few seats away. However, though it’s not completely clear if the hare is the one who “does this” and rides the bus often, or if the owner rides the bus with the bunny often, but just gives it space.

In fact, this “laid back space hippy” of an owner has sparked more questions than answers: If he rides with the rabbit, does he wait for the rabbit’s signal to hop off the bus? If the rabbit rides alone, how does it reach the buttons letting the driver know it would like to get off at the last stop? What circumstances in this world have brought together a bus-riding rabbit and a space hippy?

The world may never know.

Steampunk Alice in Wonderland coming to Bristol

Rehearsals are gathering pace for a production of Alice in Wonderland... with a twist!

The young actors at ITV WEST Television Workshop are bringing a steampunk-themed family version of the classic tale to Bristol next week.

The show will be performed by a cast of more than 30 actors aged from 9 to 59.

It is suitable for all ages.

    Alice is bored. Sitting on the riverbank with her Sister who has her head stuck in a book. Again.

    Nothing exciting ever happens to Alice. Ever.

    That is, until a sarcastic and frenetic White Rabbit appears with a waistcoat and a pocket watch, obsessing over how late he is. I mean, have you seen a rabbit with a watch before? Alice hasn't!

    Then he rudely disappears down a rabbit hole...

    Should Alice stay on the riverbank, bored out of her mind? Or follow him down into a utopia of Steampunk madness - with grinning cats, chaotic twins, mad tea parties and a crazy Queen who's lost some tarts?

    Boredom loses. Curiosity wins. Welcome to Wonderland.

– ITV Television Workshop

Alice in Wonderland is being performed at the Redgrave Theatre in Clifton from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th October @ 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at£10/£12 and are available by calling the box office on 0117 3157800 or from the Redgrave website at

Fish and Game to take ownership of New England cottontail habitat

MANCHESTER — The endangered New England cottontail has found a friend in the state Fish and Game Department, which soon is expected to own a prime piece of the rabbit’s habitat.

The Fish and Game Department said it is glad to take over ownership of 57 acres of conservation land near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, saving the airport about $30,000 a year.

“We’re happy to take it,” said Glenn Normandeau, executive director of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. “We’re actively doing management at the property to help with the rabbit situation.”

The endangered cottontail needs thick shrub cover, which can be found on the site, to avoid predators, which is “pretty much everything,” he said.

Airport officials are working to transfer ownership to Fish and Game. Deputy Airport Director Tom Malafronte said the airport was spending $30,000 annually in recent years to maintain the site, including picking up discarded tires and construction materials.

In 2001, the airport purchased the property in Manchester and Londonderry for $1.1 million to offset filling in 13 acres of wetlands as part of expanding the southern portion of the airport’s north-south runway more than a decade ago.

“Preserving the New England cottontail habitat was an important consideration for NH Fish and Game, and one of the reasons that we felt strongly that they would be best suited to own and manage the property,” Malafronte said.

To protect the endangered species, the state has closed off areas of the Merrimack Valley area from Concord south as well as a section of Rochester south to near Exeter from hunting any cottontail rabbit year-round to avoid any confusion.

“Just because it’s difficult to tell them apart” from other more populated rabbit species, Normandeau said.

The protection means people can’t harm, harass, injure or kill the rabbits, which run 15 to 17 inches long with brown and gray coats. Humans sometimes confuse them with Eastern cottontails.

“I’m not aware we’ve ever prosecuted anyone for the taking of a listed species, but we certainly try to discourage it,” said Normandeau, who’s been to the property several times.

He called the parcel southwest of the airport “a good wildlife spot in the middle of what’s become a pretty significantly developed area.”

The Londonderry-Merrimack area “is definitely one of the hot spots of their existing populations,” Normandeau said.

A notice in the Federal Register last week said Fish and Game would “continue to maintain the property in its natural state as a wildlife corridor in perpetuity.” Had homes or businesses been built on that land, it “would probably eliminate the rabbit’s habitat, which in effect means they’re going to disappear, leave the area,” Normandeau said.

The innocent reason Hefner named Playboy girls ‘bunnies’

Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire was as famous for its “Bunnies” as it was for its saucy centerfolds.

The stunning waitresses, dressed in skin-tight bodices with rabbit ears and tails, became an iconic part of the mogul’s brand — serving at his parties, his clubs and even on his private jet.

But have you ever wondered why they were called “Bunnies” in the first place?

According to the magazine mogul — who died Wednesday at the age of 91 — the real inspiration behind the Playboy Bunny was a student bar from his college days.

When Hefner was a student at Illinois University, in the 1940s, his favorite hangout was a bar called Bunny’s Tavern named after its original owner, Bernard “Bunny” Fitzsimmons.

The bar, which opened in 1936, was a favorite for poverty-stricken students because of its 35-cent daily food specials and draft beer for 10 cents a glass.

When Hefner set up his Playboy empire, in the 1950s, he came up with his rabbit logo and consequently the Bunny girls as a tribute, which he revealed in a letter to the bar which now hangs on its wall.

However, he also admitted that the Bunny costume was a saucy reference to the sexual reputation of rabbits.

The iconic costume was designed by Zelda Wynn Valdes and made its formal debut at the opening of the first Playboy Club in Chicago in 1960.

Bunnies, who were chosen after a series of auditions, were given designated roles — so they could be a Door Bunny, a Cigarette Bunny, a Floor Bunny or a Playmate Bunny.

There were also trained flight attendants, known as Jet Bunnies, who served on the Playboy Big Bunny Jet.

Every Bunny went through a strict training regimen and had to be able to identify 143 brands of liquor and know how to garnish 20 cocktails.

They also had to master the “Bunny stance” — with legs together, back arched and hips tucked under — as well as the “Bunny perch” for sitting on the back of a chair and the “Bunny dip,” which required them to bend their knees to serve drinks elegantly.

Dating customers was forbidden and clients were banned from touching the girls in the clubs.

Giant rabbit, moon sculptures welcome coming Mid-Autumn Festival in Jinan, East China’s Shandong

Inflatable sculptures of a moon and rabbit are displayed on Baihuazhou lake in Jinan, East China’s Shandong Province on September 27, 2017. The illuminated moon model measures six meters tall, while the rabbit stands at a respectable four meters. 

Ikea’s Latest Acquisition Will Help Assemble Your Ikea Furniture

One of the most popular jobs on TaskRabbit, a service that lets you hire workers for quick gigs, is assembling Ikea furniture. So perhaps it's no surprise that the Swedish retail giant has reportedly acquired the startup for an undisclosed price.

TaskRabbit has only a few dozen full-time employees, but it is a platform for a large number of independent contractors who help customers with all sorts of errands, handymen tasks and, of course, furniture assembly.

According to tech news site Recode, Ikea will treat TaskRabbit, which is reportedly profitable, as an independent subsidiary and keep on its CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot. Recode sees the deal as a strategic acquisition at a time of rapid change in the world of retail and home delivery:

    The purchase of TaskRabbit was fueled by Ikea’s need to further bolster its digital customer service capabilities to better compete with rivals likes Amazon, which has stepped up its home goods and installation offerings. The purchase is Ikea’s first step into the on-demand platform space.

    TaskRabbit had already struck a pilot partnership with Ikea around furniture assembly in the United Kingdom and also had marketed its workers ability to put together Ikea items in the U.S. and elsewhere.

TaskRabbit has received investments from a number of prominent venture capital firms, including Shasta Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Founders Fund.

Currently, customers are able to hire "rabbits" in around 40 U.S. cities.

TaskRabbit is one of the most high profile of the so-called "gig economy" companies, which connect customers with workers on an independent contractor basis. Other such companies include home cleaning service Handy, and the car-hailing services Uber and lyft.

The "gig" business model is popular with investors because it can grow quickly, and allows companies to try to avoid the costs and legal entanglements of hiring staff. In recent years, however, workers on such services have won several court challenges claiming they are not contractors, but are instead employees.

Ikea did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the acquisition.

The Peter Rabbit film trailer has been released - and it looks incredible

The new trailer for the forthcoming Peter Rabbit movie has been released.

The jaw-dropping trailer ahead of the CGI/live-action film has left viewers stunned - and fans ready to see it.

The film is being shot in Cumbria and takes in the stunning scenery of Windermere and Ambleside that inspired Beatrix Potter to write her stories.

Billed by Sony Pictures Animation as a 'contemporary comedy with attitude', it follows the story of Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers.

Starring James Corden as the voice of the titular bunny, Peter Rabbit promises thrills, spills and badgers playing darts with hedgehogs.

The film features voice roles played by Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki, and live-action roles played by Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne and Sam Neill.

The film is scheduled to be released on February 9, 2018.

5 Rabbit Cervecería Papi Chulo Bottle Release Details

(Bedford Park, IL) – At 8.5% abv, Papi Chulo was produced using the Solera method by incorporating 3 vintages blended over 4 years. It is aggressively sour. Acerola, also known as Barbados cherry, is native to Central and South America and is considered a superfood due to its nutritive value and antioxidant powers. If you love sour beers, you do not want to miss this release!

5 Rabbit Papi Chulo

The bottle release will take place at our brewery in Bedford Park, on Saturday 10/7/17 at 2pm. These bottles are limited and we will do our best to spread them out as much as possible. We are anticipating to offer 2 bottles per person, however if turnout is larger than expected this number may change. Thank you in advance for understanding.

Short Film Friday: ‘Rabbit’s Blood’ Is The Best Kind Of Weird

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Lynchian” doesn’t really begin to describe it.

A stark, darkly funny animation whose styles evoke those of Japan and Eastern Europe, Rabbit’s Blood creates an odd world at the intersection of cartoonishness and realism. The fluctuating colors filling in the clothes combined with the jarringly natural sound design make for an uneasy viewing experience that can create moments of fear and humor as easily as it puts us on edge.

Animator Sarina Nihei finds a bit of Don Hertzfeldt and David Lynch, then jostles them together with a repugnant cuteness that’s almost too much to watch.

After the latest supermarket chicken scandal, is it time to reappraise the humble bunny?

In 1947 the Government came up with a cunning way of measuring inflation. The Retail Price Index took a typical British shopping basket and measured the average cost of its contents. This exercise, carried out annually, allowed statisticians to work out inflation and its effect on the public.

Alongside the corned beef, herrings, boiled sweets and cauliflower that typified the diet of the day was wild rabbit. Since the 12 Century, when bunnies were introduced to this country to be raised in managed warrens, they had been a staple of the British diet, particularly in rural areas.

We may refer to modern times as “austerity Britain” but with a gourmet burger joint on every corner and supermarket shelves groaning I think the levels of austerity in this country pale into insignificance compared to the post war era, when rabbit would have provided a welcome and tasty protein hit.

I’m not sure why rabbit fell out of favor. The deliberate introduction of myxomatosis in an attempt to control burgeoning bunny populations probably had something to do with it, even though this horrible disease apparently doesn’t affect the meat.

The introduction of battery farming made the price of poultry tumble, and steadily chicken has replaced rabbit on the nation’s dinner table.

With the latest story about dodgy practices at one of the country’s largest processing plants I wonder if it’s time to reappraise the humble bunny. Trendy chefs tell us we’re supposed to eat lean, sustainable, local, organic produce, something our grandparents were doing decades ago when they tucked into a rabbit stew.

I was going to describe the Guardian’s revelations about 2 Sisters as shocking, but really only the naive can be even surprised at their undercover reporter’s findings. We all know that cheap meat involves an “ask no questions” pact between producer and consumer. When Aldi sells you a kilo of chicken for £1.79, it’s with a nudge and a wink – we’re getting ridiculously cheap meat – just so long as we don’t glimpse behind the plastic curtains of the processing plants it uses.

Evacuee Teddy Neale, 14, with a catch of rabbits on August 10,1944.

And the real shame is that while chickens live out pointless and short lives in unpleasant conditions, farmers are obliged by law (The Pests Act 1954 if you’re interested) to kill the rabbits that run wild in the fields next to the battery sheds. There are between 35m and 45m in this country and they breed like, well, rabbits. Yet because there is no longer a market for these animals most will end up buried and rotting – it’s an incredible and epic waste of a natural resource and I think something of a national scandal.

So next time you pass a proper butcher why not invest a couple of quid in an animal which has led a wild and free life in a field close to your home?

TOKiMONSTA puts forth her beat-making savvy on ‘Lune Rouge’ after nearly losing it all

 TOKiMONSTA is back — and doing better than ever.

The seasoned Los Angeles producer, real name Jennifer Lee, has reemerged with her third full-length record after a tumultuous time in her life — she had two surgeries for a rare brain disorder called Moyamoya she was diagnosed with in 2015.

Lee penned an essay detailing her experience regaining the ability to speak as well as comprehend and make music after the surgeries, the first time she publicly addressed her health scare.

The artist, whose name translates to rabbit monster (toki means rabbit in Korean), caught up with the Daily News at Panorama over the summer to talk about her love of making beats and “Lune Rouge,” which officially drops Friday.

“In a generation where everyone is very playlist-focused, I would say that this album is a playlist of songs for one person,” Lee said. “It represents who I am right now as an artist, how I’ve progressed over the many years that have passed since the last one … I just set the intentions to make the kind of music that makes me happy.”

The new music will likely make listeners happy, too. “Lune Rouge” offers 11 hypnotizing tracks suited for the likes of hip-hop and R&B collaborators Yuna, Joey Purp and Isaiah Rashad.

MAD creates inflatable pavilion shaped like a rabbit's head

For this year's Beijing Design Week, architecture studio MAD has created an inflatable pavilion with two big floppy ears.

Beijing-based MAD created the giant-rabbit-shaped pavilion in a hutong – one of the city's old courtyard-house neighbourhoods – near Lama Temple.

Titled Wonderland, it is designed to provide a public space where children in the area can meet and play with each other.

Beijing Design Week pavilion by MAD architects.

The inflatable structure is white and its two lop ears protrude at a jaunty angle.

"Through the form of a rabbit, Wonderland brings a carefree spirit and sense of whimsy to this old Beijing neighbourhood," said MAD. "Its playful attitude provides an escape from reality."

Beijing Design Week pavilion by MAD architects.

At night, the interior of a structure is illuminated with a white light that provides a safe environment for children to socialise.

"Surrounded by its soft walls, under the blue sky and green trees, children can play, daydream and drift off into their own fantasy wonderland, in pursuit of happiness," added MAD.

Beijing Design Week pavilion by MAD architects.

Led by architect Ma Yansong, MAD is best known for projects including the undulating Harbin Opera House, the horseshoe-shaped Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort and the twisted Absolute Towers.

The firm – which ranked at number 61 on the inaugural Dezeen Hot List – is currently working on a variety of projects in California, including the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which recently gained approval from Los Angeles city officials.

Let sleeping dogs – and their masters – lie

President John F. Kennedy’s family had several dogs that cuddled with Caroline and John-John (as well as a beer-swilling rabbit that was a gift from a magician) while they were in Washington. Calvin Coolidge had nine canines lodged in the White House’s family quarters. And the Obamas’ Portuguese water dog, Bo, was allowed to sleep on the bed with the first lady when the president was out of town.

Meet the People Rescuing Cuban Cuisine

Even if you’ve never been here, you probably know that only 20 years ago the people on this island just 90 miles from Florida were starving. When the 37-year-old Soto was growing up, during the “special period” when resources vanished after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he and his parents, both government employees, lived on little more than bread, rice, and occasionally beans. Sometimes a meal was simply sugar water. “Cuba has the most complicated relationship with food,” Soto says. “People will tell you there’s no food in Cuba. Or there are no traditions anymore; we lost all our traditions”—of hearty lunches of Caribbean staples like roasted suckling pork or rich gumbos. As food became increasingly scarce, cooking techniques and recipes were forgotten. “And I thought, Even the absence of food is a story about food.”

But when he started work on the film two years ago, Soto discovered a new turn in Cuba’s culinary evolution: Young entrepreneurs have picked up the mantle from Nuñez del Valle to open dynamic, pulsating restaurants like O’Reilly 304 and Otramanera that serve lamb burgers and sous vide lobster and innovative takes on standards like pressed pork sandwiches. As the regime has loosened restrictions on private businesses, and as tourists come flooding in from around the world, Cuban cuisine is in the midst of a remarkable renaissance. The question is whether this ambitious new generation of restaurant rookies will chase gastronomic trendiness or help restore and reinterpret all that was lost—the kind of deeply satisfying simplicity that travelers are hungering for today.

The difference today is that some can—and that travelers are coming here to eat it, too.

“Enrique is the godfather of the new paladares,” says Soto, the Havana-born producer-director of the forthcoming documentary Cuban Food Stories and an expert on the island’s cooking. Back when Nuñez del Valle opened one of the country’s first paladares, or privately owned restaurants, they’d just been legalized by the regime and were limited to 12 seats. Now, La Guarida (“the Animal Den”) has expanded to 100, with an elegant shaded patio that’s drawn the likes of Prince Albert II, Jack Nicholson, and Julian Schnabel—plus today’s young crowd in cool summer garb. After a lunch of lobster ceviche, roasted rabbit with caponata sauce, and pavé of suckling pig with crispy skin, Nuñez del Valle sits down with us for coffee and a selection of Montecristos and Cohibas. His own fat cigar in hand and a glass of Havana Club Selección de Maestros close by, the godfather settles into his chair but doesn’t want to take too much credit for what he’s started. “It’s the new generation that’s trying to do gastronomy differently,” he says in Spanish as Soto translates. “They’re doing a great job of rescuing Cuban cuisine.

Like thousands of others, Cano jumped at the chance to list his place on Airbnb, which started operating in Cuba in 2015, and which suddenly turned his relatively modest farm into an ecotourism destination, on the radar of people worldwide. (During my visit, a German-Australian couple happens to be staying in Cano’s $33-a-night one-bedroom cabin. “We love it,” they tell us before setting out on a hike, “though it’s very rustic.”) Cano also puts on epic lunch spreads, given enough notice through Airbnb, centered around a young pig rubbed with garlic and salt and roasted over a wood fire until the skin crackles. As Soto and I watch, Cano plops the cooked pig onto a wooden table and swiftly hacks the meat into hand-size pieces with a machete. His wife, who goes by “China,” then lays out a plastic tablecloth and platters of avocado, black beans, cucumber-and-tomato salad, rice, taro chips, and yucca. We eat overlooking the fields, the thatched tobacco-curing hutch, and chickens pecking at the dirt. It’s a fabulous country spread, made all the more remarkable in that Cano grew all of the food himself—and raised the pig. After our meal, we have coffee from beans he grew, lightened with milk he collected at 5 a.m. Cano then pulls out a white plastic bag filled with tobacco leaves he cultivated and cured, and he rolls us each a cigar. Considering the surroundings and the straight-from-the-field leaf, it rates as the best I’ve ever smoked.

Will the Bunny Park become a housing complex?

 The park will keep at least 50 sterilised rabbits.

More than 2 000 rabbits were donated from Benoni Bunny Park to Johannesburg Zoo as food for carnivores.

Fifty rabbits were, however, left behind at the bunny park so that visitors could enjoy still enjoy them, but they are not happy with current small number of bunnies, Benoni City Times reports.

One of the visitors John Priestley wrote to the media as follows:

It saddens me greatly to read about the ongoing saga of our beloved Bunny Park.

For a facility that has given joy and happiness for decades to so many children, to be limited to 50 sterilised rabbits in an enclosure, is a travesty.

A child might as well sit at home and look at pictures of bunnies and farm animals on a computer screen.

The fun was when a child could spend a day outdoors running around clutching a carrot trying to feed the ever-elusive rabbit and seeing farm animals up close.

The outing, costing no more than a few vegetables, made it accessible to all.

Well done to the council for spending money on the park and making it more attractive, but please don’t let the whole concept of a bunny park be destroyed by the ‘experts’.

You cannot but wonder if all these changes means authorities have an ulterior motive planned for the future.

Perhaps a housing complex?

Age before beauty – Grants bring attention to need for ‘young forests’ in N.H. is the name of a website created by the institute and a number of other organizations to help convince people that healthy forests in New Hampshire and other locations need trees with a mix of ages – even if that requires cutting down a lot of trees now and then so that new ones can grow.

“We don’t have a lot of age diversity in our forests,” said Scott Hall, a senior bird conservation biologist for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, noting that most of New England’s forest were cut a century ago for logging or farmland and have since grown back. “We have a resilience problem when all the trees you have are 60 to 100 years old. You need more diversity.”

The topic came up last week when the NFWF said it was giving about $1.2 million to 10 environmental projects in New England, combined with $1.4 million in contributions from private partners including Eversource.

Several projects focused on the effects of successional forests. In ecological circles, “succession” refers to the gradual replacement of one type of ecological community by another in the same area – in this case, that means trees growing up in areas that had been cleared by human activity, fire, flooding from beavers or other causes.

Young forests, defined loosely as those with most trees less than two decades old, are valuable for a number of species that depend on the plants, insects and animals drawn to them.

Those species include the New England cottontail, a small rabbit that is the target of restoration efforts in southeastern New Hampshire, a project that received $175,000 in NFWF grants. The grants will help UNH researchers study how best to estimate the population of this elusive rabbit in 28,800 acres of restored habitat, using capture-recapture methods and “pellet surveys,” in which piles of rabbit fecal pellets are collected or counted.

Getting $103,000 is an ongoing UNH project studying songbird populations in rights of way for power lines, to see how they can function as long, skinny strips of young forest.

A summer’s worth of counting and banding songbirds caught in nets underneath Eversource transmission towers in Strafford found at least 68 species in the brushy, tangled growth, according to UNH graduate student Erica Holm, working with professor Matt Tarr.

“It seems that the rights of way contribute as many species as a clearcut,” she noted.

The counter-intuitive idea of the environmental benefits from huge power-line towers reflects the complexity of creating and maintaining young forests. For one thing, they don’t stay young very long – when the trees get too big, the environmental benefits change.

Williamson said the Wildlife Management Institute’s goal is to have 10 percent of forestland in the region be young forest – the best they’ve done so far is 6 percent in some areas.

“In 10 or 15 years, it’s going to be gone. This is not something we can do once and stop,” Williamson said. “We’re always thinking, “Where can we go next so I have a constant supply of this habitat?’ ”

In New England, that requires dealing with private landowners, convincing them to cut down the mature trees and put up with scrubby, bramble-filled properties that don’t have obvious value.

“It’s tough to sell the first three years after a clear cut,” Williamson said.

“Commercial forestry has to be the driver on this,” he added, noting the effect of commercial firewood prices on woodlot owners’ decision whether to cut mature trees.

“When the firewood market goes down, we just sit on our heels,” he said.

But he argued that education can change people’s views about the value of even the ugliest of scrubland.

“There was a time when people were afraid of wetlands,” Williamson noted. “Old-growth forests were once regarded as a waste of the value of the forest. Native grasslands – another area that we didn’t use to think had any value.” 

The grants were awarded through the New England Forests and Rivers Fund, a public-private partnership.

Kung fu rabbit game Overgrowth adds story mode in final beta version

More than nine years after it was announced, Overgrowth’s surreal mix of wild animals, fast-paced martial arts, stealth, and gore is nearly upon us. The last beta version before a proper release arrived this week, bringing with it the game’s full story mode.

Those who have purchased the game early will be able to play through the full campaign now, which sees our rabbit hero Turner fight to protect the island of Lugaru from slavers. Expect hand-to-hand combat that relies upon timing and counters, segments where you sneak through shrubbery, and lots of blood.

The amount of gore in the game is emphasized by another tweak in this beta: you can now be impaled by spikes. That means some pretty gory clips of Turner’s limp body sliding down a wooden spear, blood spurting.

Other changes will make the game’s different animals more distinct. Cat enemies, for example, can now throw smaller weapons such as daggers, while rats can attach bits of the environment to their head as camouflage.

Developer Wolfire Games has fixed lots of bugs, too, and added new settings options including a brightness slider. The full change log is here.

Overgrowth is currently £22.99/$29.99 on Steam and the Humble Store. There’s no word on a final release date, but it shouldn’t be too long.

One-Of-A-Kind Rabbit Brings $18,000

At Alderfer Auction


HATFIELD, PENN. —Alderfer Auction conducted a two-day auction of dolls on October 3 – 4 both online and at its auction gallery. On October 4 a bisque-headed rabbit with no ears came to the block with a $500/750 estimate—it went on to sell for $18,000 including premium. “This is a wonderful piece—fashioned after the 1920s ‘Jack Rabbit’ series of books by ‘Uncle Dave,’ David Cory, and published by Grosset & Dunlap,” according to Ranae Gabel of Alderfer Auction.

The 18-inch tall, rabbit has big stationary brown eyes and an open smiling mouth. It sports a curly gray wig, cloth body with white leather arms, and individual fingers on its hands.

It sports a curly gray wig, cloth body with white leather arms, individual fingers on hands. Dressed in cotton plaid dress, red petticoat, white pantaloons and bonnet, the rabbit has on brown oilcloth heeled shoes. The winning bidder said it was a “one-of-a-kind.”

Inclusive art studio hides 200 rabbit sculptures in Rochester parks

Sarah Beren is a licensed creative art therapist and owns Spotted Rabbit, a studio with art classes, art therapy and an apprenticeship program for a population within the disability community she saw was underserved.

"I went to a training about job development for them. And I started asking, 'Well, what about these people that need staff with them or are nonverbal who can’t be left alone in the community?' "

What she found was hardly anything. To fill this void, Beren created the program, which she says gives people who are highly functional yet can’t quite work independently a purpose, a structured schedule and a job - artists sell their work around Rochester.

Ellie Anolik is one of those artists; she said her favorite medium is clay.

"I like how you can get mad at it, and you can take it all out on the clay.”

Beren said they would like to do more shows and participate in galleries, but many art spaces in the city are more “do it yourself”-type spaces presenting a number of challenges to their artists. Allergies are an issue, or how maintained the buildings are; whether or not snow is plowed in the winter.

"A lot of the galleries are on the second floor with no wheelchair accessibility. So we've had a lot of potential partnerships with folks, but then it’s like well, our artist can’t come to her own show opening.”

The latest project to come out of the studio, with the help of a Livingston Arts grant, is 200 rabbit sculptures. For seven months, artists molded and glazed and baked 200 rabbits, giving them names and hiding them in 41 parks around Rochester.

"The idea was that we would have individuals who don’t normally have an opportunity to make public art, make public art. And then also people who may not have an opportunity to go see art or own a piece of artwork actually be able to find it in their local park, pick it up, and take it home."

Beren says they have heard back from only 45 owners who have found rabbits, meaning there are many more out there waiting for a new home. 

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